Women's Equality Party Leader To Challenge "Meninist" MP Philip Davies In Upcoming Election

She termed his work a "self-indulgent anti-women campaign"

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Philip Davies has earned a few enemies with his controversial comments attacking "militant feminists trying to have their cake and eat it" and criticising "politically correct males".

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He's also come under fire for voting against the Istanbul Convention which protects women from domestic violence, against free parking in hospitals for carers and against compulsory sex education in schools.

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It's perhaps not surprising then that Sophie Walker, the leader of the Women's Equality Party, has announced she will stand against the Tory MP in the forthcoming election.

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Walker commented that should she be elected she would be a "voice for all women" in Westminster. She added that Davies had a "track record of misogyny" citing his vote against the Istanbul Convention and said it was a "national embarrassment" that Philip Davies was recently elected to the Commons equality and women's committee.

Sophie Walker the leader of the Women's Equality Party who is challenging Davies

Davies a self-proclaimed 'meninist' commented that "I would very much welcome Ms Walker parachuting herself into Shipley as a candidate with her extreme politically correct agenda of positive discrimination and quotas, and am very happy to let the good people of the Shipley constituency decide who they want to represent them."

Walker has openly criticised the Tory government's record on equality saying: "Philip Davies' party's austerity policies hit women harder than men and pushed more women into poverty. His party's funding cuts shut vital services to survivors of violence, when two women a week die at the hands of abusive partners."

"Shipley deserves an MP that will represent the needs and interests of all its constituents, instead of one who spends constituency time on a self-indulgent anti-women campaign," she added."Right now if you live in Shipley, your MP is best known in Parliament as a sexist whose favourite pastime is inventing long speeches to prevent other MPs from passing important legislation."

The pair will go to the polls on 8 June.